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Menstrual Hygiene Day Addresses Challenges Around Sanitation, Hygiene

News outlets report on the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day, recognized on May 28. The Guardian: Menstruation misery for schoolgirls as sanitation woes hit hopes for the future “…The plight of [inadequate sanitation facilities for] girls … has prompted several charities to try to boost awareness of women’s sanitary needs…

U.N. To Develop Sanitation Center In SE Asia By July

Devex: U.N. setting up sanitation center in Southeast Asia “The United Nations looks set to develop a sanitation and wastewater management center in Southeast Asia by July to better educate stakeholders — particularly policymakers and implementers — and boost WASH programs in the region…” (Santos, 5/28).

TV News Stations Feature Shows On Polio, Drug-Resistant TB

Two television news stations feature shows on global health issues. Al Jazeera: Lifelines: The Last Drops “…Pakistan is one of the last countries never to have ended polio despite concerted vaccination efforts from local, national and international organizations…” (5/28). CNN: Vital Signs: Return of the ‘White Plague': Fears over the…

Obama Should Condemn Myanmar’s Oppression Of, Denial Of Health Care For Rohingya

New York Times: Myanmar’s Appalling Apartheid Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Welcome to Myanmar, where tremendous democratic progress is being swamped by crimes against humanity toward the Rohingya, a much-resented Muslim minority in this Buddhist country. … This year, the Myanmar authorities have cracked down even harder, making the…

Invest In Services For Mothers, Children To Prepare For Natural Disasters

Huffington Post: When Life Gets Tough, Moms Get Tougher Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children “…Whether in the United States or the Philippines, all mothers strive to ensure that their children are protected and healthy when a disaster strikes. Fortunately, our evidence shows that we can save…

Public Health Programs ‘Should Be Politically Neutral’

The Lancet: Polio eradication: the CIA and their unintended victims “…On May 16, 2014, the White House announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for espionage. The news comes in the wake of a series of militant attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan,…

U.N. Releases $1.8M In Humanitarian Aid To Solomon Islands

Solomon Star: U.N. releases $13.1m for flood relief work “The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization…

China Can Be Model For ‘Implementing Sustainable, Effective Tobacco Control Policies’

Huffington Post: World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco Control Offers Proven Public Health Benefits — Will China Seize the Opportunity? Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at RabinMartin, and Ambassador Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society “…China alone has an estimated 300 million smokers — nearly…